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BEML delivers first set of Standard Gauge Metro Cars and Aluminium Wagon Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 September 2009
Bangalore: The first set of standard gauge coaches manufactured by Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and first 80-tonne aluminium wagon for NALCO were handed over yesterday at BEML's Bangalore complex.

BEML will supply 196 standard gauge coaches for Phase II of the Delhi Metro. The coaches are manufactured at BEML's, Bangalore complex under license from Rotem, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The indigenously manufactured, stainless steel air-conditioned coaches are nearly 10 per cent cheaper than the imported ones.

Union Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa handed over India's first 80-tonne aluminium wagon to Mr. C.R. Pradhan, Managing Director - NALCO (National Aluminium Company Ltd.)

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa flagged off and handed over the first train set of four cars to Delhi Metro managing director E. Sreedharan, in the presence of M.M. Pallam Raju - Union Minister of State for Defence, K.H. Muniyappa - Union Minister of State for Railways and V.R.S. Natarajan - Chairman and Managing Director of BEML.

BEML's proposal to set-up an R&D centre at a cost of Rs 125 crore is in the final stages of approval.

V.R.S. Natarajan - Chairman and Managing Director of BEML said the the R&D centre would come up on 10 acres of land at the Bangalore complex. He said that the company is in the process of increasing indigenisation in order to further lower the cost of metro rail infrastructure.

Delhi Metro managing director, E. Sreedharan, said that BEML's proposed R&D center would help bring down indigenisation costs. When BEML designs and develops cost-effective coaches, with greater localisation and vendor participation, the cost could come down by 15-18 percent.

Sreedharan said that in the next 10 years India would invest Rs 2 lakh crore in the Metro rail system.

BEML has also won a Rs. 1672 crore order for supplying 150 coaches for the Bangalore metro project. The DMRC is also planning to place an order for 60 additional cars for Phase III of the Delhi Metro, from Delhi to Faridabad.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 September 2009 )
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